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  Community Pulse for
January
2014

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In This Issue:
Parsec Financial - Sponsor Message (Left)
WCMS' 2014 Association and Foundation Boards of Directors
New Members to WCMS
WCMS Annual Celebration a Success
WCMS Receives Grant for New Certified Application Counselor
Two Deaths from Flu in Buncombe
MAHEC Signs Agreement to Manage Mission Practices
WNC Health Network Discontinues WNC Data Link
Physicians' Voice in the News
Doctors File Suit against NC, Call Medicaid Billing System 'Disaster'
2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
Job Board & Classified Ads

  

 

The Community Pulse e-Newsletter is designed for community members and non-member physicians. We choose selected important news and information items to share with you, so you are able to stay in-the-know on topics of interest to you.

If you are a physician but not yet a member, click here to view benefits of joining WCMS, and click here to complete an application.

 

Thank you for your support of, and interest in, the Western Carolina Medical Society!    
LOCAL NEWS

The Votes are in for WCMS' 2014 Association and Foundation Boards of Directors
WCMS received well over the 10% membership votes required to vote in our new boards and 100% voted Yes for the following board slates.

Congratulations, new board members!

2014 Association Board
2014 Foundation Board
New Members to WCMS   
Click here to view the newest physicians to join WCMS!  
WCMS Annual Celebration a Success 
Physicians, practice managers, WCMS staff and guests celebrated another successful year at the 2014 WCMS Annual Celebration this past Saturday at CarePartners. Many thanks to CarePartners for hosting and sponsoring this event.

Attendees enjoyed delicious food catered by The Everyday Gourmet and music by the talented staff of CarePartners music therapy. We announced our new 2014 officers for the Association and Foundation and shared our 2013 Accomplishments.
 
2014 promises to be an exciting year for WCMS so stay tuned! Want to know what we're up to in 2014? See our Strategic Plan.

Thanks again to our Sponsor:
WCMS Receives Grant for New Certified Application Counselor
The Community Catalyst and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the award of $33,000 to the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation as part of the In-Person Assister/Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Initiative. These funds will increase WCMS' capacity as a certified application counselor organization to build upon existing outreach and enrollment efforts. The additional Certified Application Counselor at WCMS will focus on assisting eligible Buncombe County Project Access® patients into the Marketplace allowing our current CAC to focus on the rural practices within our Region. The new CAC will work side-by-side with other Project Access® staff and our safety net partners to identify, refer, educate and enroll Project Access® patients in the insurance marketplace. Well over 400 Project Access® patients are between the 100-138% FPL and may be eligible for subsidies to purchase health insurance from the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.
Two Deaths from Flu in Buncombe
Read the news release from Buncombe County Health & Human Services.
MAHEC Signs Agreement to Manage Mission Practices
"The Mountain Area Health Education Center will now lead the primary care practices of Mission Medical Associates, the physician group practice of Mission Health system."

Read full article
WNC Health Network Discontinues WNC Data Link   
Healthcare systems in western North Carolina will connect with other hospitals in the region along with ambulatory and physician practices using their existing system technology provider in 2014. Healthcare providers have the additional option to connect to the state Health Information Exchange. As a result, WNC Health Network has made the decision to discontinue WNC Data Link, the region's health information exchange, on March 31, 2014.

 Read more.
Physicians' Voice in the News 
WCMS is proud to announce another high quality addition to the series of "The Physicians' Voice" media presentations aimed to showcase to the general public our physicians' world-class medical expertise and focus on patient/community health.
Here is the latest release:
You can read all about The Physicians' Voice on our website.
STATE NEWS

Doctors File Suit against NC, Call Medicaid Billing System 'Disaster'
"The suit alleges the state Department of Health and Human Services and some of its computer services providers were negligent in developing and implementing a new Medicaid claims billing system, known as NCTracks."

Read full article.
ITEMS OF INTEREST

2013-2014 Physician Directory "Blue Book"
Have you ordered the WCMS Physician Directory yet?

This is a comprehensive regional directory of physicians, produced by WCMS that:
  • Includes physicians and practices from all 16 WNC counties
  • Is pocket size for easy access
  • Has a discounted price for practices with 100% members of WCMS! 
To place an order, go to www.mywcms.org/BlueBook and pay online or download an order form.

Have questions or need to know if you're part of a 100% member practice? Email us at membership@mywcms.org
Job Board  

Click here to see the latest jobs posted on our website. 

 

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Learn more about the Western Carolina Medical Society on this page. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.   

 

Sincerely,

Miriam Schwarz

 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director 
(828) 274-2267 ext. 312